In late 2020 and 2021, both Washington’s corporate culture investigation and the NFL’s mediation in a property dispute proceeded more calmly. In March, the NFL tentatively approved an agreement that would allow Snyder to take on more debt than the league has traditionally allowed in order to buy out three of his partners. It was a sign that the external investigation, although incomplete, would largely exonerate Snyder personally.
Three months later, in July, that is exactly what happened. The NFL has finally completed a year-long investigation. The Washington football team was ordered to pay a $ 10 million fine and reimburse the costs of the investigation, and Snyder said he would relinquish day-to-day control of the team to a new accomplice, his wife, Tanya Snyder. The team’s human resources department was ordered to be monitored for the next two years.
But the results of the investigation were not released to the public, and nothing was said about the allegations of Snyder’s behavior towards employees. Not only did the NFL fail to release a detailed report, it also did not demand one. Instead, Beth Wilkinson, a lead outside investigator, verbally briefed the NFL on her findings.
“We felt it was best because of the delicacy of the allegations and requests for confidentiality,” Lisa Friel, the NFL chief in charge of the investigation, told reporters.
However, part of the investigation involved checking emails sent and received by Bruce Allen, longtime general manager and team president and close confidant of Snyder, until Allen was fired in 2019. which ultimately led to Gruden’s resignation and revealed that Allen engaged in inappropriate and abusive conversations, including the exchange of pornographic images.
Allen was the senior Raiders executive during Gruden’s first tenure as head coach in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and both eventually moved on to work at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where they won the Super Bowl after the season. 2002 year. Both left the team in 2008. Gruden went on to work for ESPN as a color analyst for Monday Night Football, and Allen was eventually hired by Washington. As general manager, Allen hired Gruden’s brother, Jay Gruden, who coached the team from 2014 to 2019.